School and Ranking Information
While few schools in and around Little Rock, AR, offer programs directly in electronics engineering, students can find relevant courses in electrical engineering programs. Based on graduation rates, program offerings and rankings, the following three institutions are considered the top schools in the Little Rock area for electronics engineering degree programs:
- Winner: Earning the top spot is Arkansas Tech University. Though it is located roughly 60 miles from Little Rock, the university awards the highest number of degrees in the field of study and has the highest ranked undergraduate engineering programs of the three schools. The university awards a bachelor's and a master's degree in the related area of electrical engineering.
- Runner Up #1: Harding University lands in second place because it is a highly ranked regional school and its undergraduate engineering programs rank only slightly under those offered at Arkansas Tech. It also has the highest graduation rates among the schools. Students can pursue a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
- Runner Up #2: Though it is the only school located directly in the city with electronics engineering studies, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is named the second runner up because it has the lowest graduation rate and offers the lowest level of study (associate's degree). It does have highly ranked engineering programs and also awards a bachelor's degree in the electronics engineering.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Arkansas Tech University||Harding University||University of Arkansas at Little Rock|
|Rankings||Ranked 153rd among best undergraduate engineering programs in 2013**||Ranked 22th among regional universities in the South in 2014; Ranked 174th among best undergraduate engineering programs in 2013**||Ranked 45th among best undergraduate engineering programs in 2014**|
|Location||Russellville, AR (61.3 miles from Little Rock)||Searcy, AR (46.1 miles from Little Rock)||Little Rock, AR|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$5,286 (in-state); $9,774 (out-of-state)*||$15,240*||$6,854 (in-state); $16,066 (out-of-state)*|
|Electronics Engineering Program Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's degree||Associate's and bachelor's degrees|
|Electronics Engineering Related Degrees/Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||16 (master's degrees not reported)*||5*||5*|
|Most Popular Electronics Engineering Program (2011-2012)||Bachelor's degree (16 awarded)*||Bachelor's degree (5 awarded)*||Associate's degree (5 awarded)*|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class||41%*||61%*||20%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report.
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Winner: Arkansas Tech University
- Electrical engineering program is accredited by ABET
- Electrical engineering department has six specialty labs for students, including its Energy Conversion, Circuits, Electronics and Electrical Systems Laboratory
- Students may participate in an honors program
Students interested in electronics engineering may be interested in the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program at this school. The first two years of the 4-year program consist mostly of general education courses and foundation courses in math, science, computer science and introductory engineering. Students then take traditional engineering courses during the last two years and can choose electives to focus their studies in a specific area of electrical engineering - such as electronics. The electronics courses include topics in diodes, transistors and multiple types of circuits. Additional engineering courses cover electric circuits, engineering modeling, digital logic, control systems and electrical design. This program is also available with a computer engineering emphasis.
This school also offers a Master of Engineering program that has three specialization options, including one in electrical engineering. This program requires the completion of 12 credit hours of core course and 24 credit hours of courses in the specialization area. The electrical engineering concentration includes course options related to electronics engineering, including courses that cover power electronics, nanoelectronics and microelectronic devises.
Runner-Up #1: Harding University
- Ranked #3 for best value among regional universities in the South in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report
- Electrical engineering program is accredited by ABET
- Facilities include digital circuits and analog circuits labs, as well as a project lab that includes electronic assembly equipment
- Harding is a Christian university and students in all degree programs take some theological and Biblical courses
Harding offers a 4-year bachelor's degree program in electrical engineering that encompasses electronics engineering. The program is offered through the Department of Engineering and Physics and requires 141 credits. The coursework for the bachelor's degree program is heavily laden with math, science and engineering courses; there are also several electronics-specific courses. Some course options include circuits, microprocessors, instrumentation, signals and controls, digital logic design and engineering design.
Runner-Up #2: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- Electronics engineering technology program is accredited by ABET
- The Department of Engineering Technology includes state-of-the-art labs and facilities
- Student-to-faculty ratio is better than the national average for public, 4-year institutions, per the NCES
This Little Rock school offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in electronics & computer engineering technology (ECET). The associate's degree program in ECET takes full-time students two years to complete and consists of 66 credit hours. Coursework for both the associate's and bachelor's degree programs include topics in circuits, robotics, digital systems and electronic devices. The bachelor's degree program in ECET includes a total of 130 credit hours and requires an additional two years of study beyond the associate's degree. It consists of higher-level math courses along with several courses in electronic devices, microprocessor systems, digital system design, embedded systems and communication systems, as well as several technical electives.